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Through The Garden Gate: Periwinkle Garden
April 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hosted by Albemarle Garden Club
Think of dirt roads, woods everywhere and lots of Scotch Broom … thanks to Mr. Jefferson… and you will have a picture of our home on Blue Ridge Lane long before the roads in Farmington even had names. Irene Sims, my mother, was the original gardener at Periwinkle, the name she gave to the place. She was a sight; she gardened In linen dresses, a wide brim hat and heels! The periwinkle was transplanted from a spot near the present tennis courts. Rumor has It, It had been a burial ground at one time. My mom was completely dedicated to her garden. She died there, in her garden, arms laden with irises.
My husband and I acquired the property from my parents in 1973. In 1993, we made the first of several additions to the house and gardens. A formal rose garden, kitchen garden and brick terrace were added, along with walking paths I had created over most of the property. In 2005 a blue stone terrace created a new entry to the house. Later, a native plants garden was added.
I am a painter and It is a joy to me to work with compositions, color and texture. I find the same pleasure, and I think for the same reasons, in gardening. But make no mistake, I am a dirt gardener, constantly battling the weeds and slugs, not to mention the deer.
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